BONAIRE -- Authorities have released the name of the man who was struck by a southbound train and killed shortly after noon Wednesday.
Freddie L. Meek Jr., 41, of Bonaire, was wearing earphones and apparently did not hear the train approaching, a Houston County Sheriff’s Office news release stated.
Meek was walking south along the tracks with his back to the train as it approached.
“Apparently, the guy was distracted,” said Houston County sheriff’s Lt. Jon Holland. “He didn’t realize the train was coming.”
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Witnesses on the Norfolk Southern train as well as witnesses who were working outside nearby told authorities the man “never looked back or moved or nothing,” Holland said.
“Witnesses saw some type of listening device, ear phones, something of that nature,” Holland said.
The train had sounded its horn as it approached the intersection of Ga. 247 and Ga. 96, Holland said. The train sounded the horn again as personnel onboard spotted the man ahead on the tracks, Holland said.
The man was struck on the tracks between Azalea Avenue and Davis Road, and his body was dragged several hundred yards, Holland estimated.
“From all indications, it was a tragic accident,” Holland said.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.